Box turtles, sliders, and other small turtles: can be picked up by hand wearing gloves or with a towel. Some turtles will bite and they can reach a good distance around with long, flexible necks.
Snapping Turtles: small to medium sized snappers can be scooped up with a shovel or picked up by their tails, keeping the plastron (bottom shell) of the turtle facing you. Large snappers can weigh up to 45 Ibs. They can be shoveled or herded into a large trashcan. Not recommended for the inexperienced! Large snappers can lunge almost the length of their body and their bite can snap broomsticks!
I found an injured turtle in the road/I found a turtle with a cracked shell
This generally occurs in the spring after a heavy rain. Frequently the turtle has sustained damage to its shell. Do not wash wound or apply medication. Pack wound with dry, sterile gauze, cloth, etc. to help stop bleeding. Place animal in small box or cooler to prevent movement. Refer to a licensed rehabilitator in your area
I found a sick turtle
Turtles sometimes have a rough time coming out of hibernation, especially during a wet, cold spring. If it is sitting in the sun with puffy eyes and bubbles coming out of its nose or mouth, refer to reptile rehabber.
A turtle is trying to cross the road
Turtles cross the road for 4 main reasons: loss of habitat where it was; in search of a mate; in search of a place to lay eggs; hunting earthworms after a rain. Ideally the turtle should just be put on the other side of the road in the direction it was heading if there is habitat there. Turtles have very small territories. If you
put one in an area where there is no water or food even though it looks like a nice bit of woodland, it may starve to death. If there is no suitable habitat, take turtle to a nature center or turn over to a rehabilitator. If it is a busy highway and the turtle is causing a traffic hazard, you should contact the police with jurisdiction to stop traffic and move the turtle.
I found a nest of turtle eggs
Cover it back up again. Reptile eggs are not like bird eggs. Within 6-12 hours after laying the embryo settles on one side of the egg. Turning the egg after this period will either tear loose the embryo or smother it with the yolk.
There is a snapping turtle in my yard
It is probably a female looking for a place to lay eggs. Keep children and dogs away. Let her lay her eggs and she will return to the water. You can surround the nest with hardware cloth (wire mesh) to protect and contain it. When the turtles hatch, they can be gently placed in a bucket and quickly moved to water.
There is a snapping turtle in my pond
We encourage you to live with it. Snapping turtles are almost totally aquatic. Underwater they are mild-mannered animals. It is only out of water that they are dangerous. Relocated snappers have been known to return to their ponds over long distances. If they do not return, the hospitable environment will probably attract another snapping turtle anyway. If the snapping turtle is eating ducklings, there is little that can be done in this situation unless the ducklings are orphaned and can be rescued.